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>> dive deep into these stories and go behind the scenes at >> this is al jazeera america live from new york. i'm tony harris. raising fears that russia may be planning to invade eastern ukraine. president obama honors those killed at fort hood. a look at some doctors and unprecedented details released today about billing practices across the country.
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>> there are new fears today that russia may be planning an invasion of ukraine where tensions raise in protests and protests have seized government buildings there. jeffrey posted satellite images on twitter saying they are proof of a build up near the ukrainian border. >> reporter: the government in kiev says that they do have intelligence that is agent provocateurs who are orchestrating these up risings. they have made arrests of russian citizens inside their territories who have plans to further destabilize the situation. this goes in line with what is going out of the united states
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government. speaking in front of the commission for security in corporation for europe said that there is little doubt moscow is behind the disruptions. >> the evident is overwhelming that this was a very carefully orchestrated well planned, well targeted, well coordinated effort. i don't think that we have any doubt that the preponderance of evidence indicates that here. >> secretary kerry and foreign minister lavrov discussed the issue in ukraine and they said there iall wants to avoid any my
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solution. moscow and kiev have very chilly relations. moscow is still reluctant to recognize the government there if, indeed, the talks do go ahead. it's hoped to break the stalemate in this crisis but moscow has already said they will attend the talks if kiev begins to listen to those in the region, meaning the ethnic russians. >> now moldova on ukraine's western border is dealing with its own small province that wants to return to russia. more people there feel more in line with the kremlin than europe. >> reporter: history has driven many paths through moldova.
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the welcome sign above this musical academy shows the languages used here, turkish, monthlmonthly domoldovaen and r. the president of the autonomous region made us turkish coffee before explaining why he's so opposed to joining the european union. >> the e.u. is patting them on the shoulder and telling them that they're doing a good job. this is not a success story. this is a story of corruption, thievery, human rights abuses and discrimination against ethic minorities. >> reporter: in a referendum here 89.5% of the people voted to join the customs unions
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that's president putins special plan to integrate the trade use of the old soviet union. >> reporter: the export of the wine may explain why, the exports go to countries that have already signed to be part of putin's plan. >> laboring in the heat of midday preparing the ground these women earn just $10 a day. >> our bosses want us to join the e.u. but they make us work for pennies. the prices here are as high as in the west. the salaries are moldovaen. the west is not for us. >> reporter: the storks are have
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plenty to eat but that's not the case for this 93-year-old woman on the side of the road. she didn't want money she wanted food. she could not get to the village shops. her daughter had left her alone. >> secretary of state john kerry is trying to prevent talks between the israelis and palestinians from all out collapse. kerry met with israeli foreign minister lieberman today. he pushed for talks for moves on both sides that have complicated processes. lisa, what is the state department actually doing to attempt to breathe new life into these talks? >> reporter: the secretary has devoted a lot of time and energy as you know to try to make these talks happen. as you mentioned he did meet today with the israeli foreign minister lieberman, and both lieberman and kerry indicated
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that they want these talks to continue. that they're not ready to have them stop. there is a lot of pressure to have them keep doing that, and that was echoed by spokeswoman jen sacki. >> we believe cooperation between israel and the palestinian authority have provided benefits to both sides. we continue to urge both sides to take steps tha to a conducive environment for peace and we know that the negotiators are continuing and note that they're continuing in he intensive efforts to find a way out of the en pass. >> reporter: that is certainly a current en pass nine months after these talks have begun. but no one is ready publicly to throw in the towel so they continue to try to continue the talks. >> what has secretary kerry said that has upset the israelis so? >> reporter: this is a comment
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that was made at capitol hill yesterday. he was asked about the talks, and he did say both sides the palestinians and israelis have taken unhelpful action, but then he seemed to zero in on israel and talked about the fact that they did not make good on their promise to release the latest batch of palestinian prisoners. here's what he had to say. >> unfortunately, the prisoners were not released on saturday when they were supposed to be released. day two went by. day three went by. then in the afternoon when they were about to maybe get there 700 settlement units were announced in jerusalem, and poof, that was sort of the moment. >> reporter: now the israeli government has said it is deeply disappointed by these comments. the state department insisting that the secretary is not blaming one side or the other for this en pass but tony as you said these talks are on life support trying to keep them going. >> lisa, good to see you going.
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there are reports of progress in another round of talks aimed at curbing iran's nuclear program. negotiators said today they made significant progress during two days of discussion in vienna, but there are still differences on several issues. iran and six world powers hope to reach a permanent deal. the two sides will meet in vienna next month. 20 people were injured in a stabbing spree in a pittsburgh area high school. the attack happened just before classes were started. at franklin regional high school in murraysville all are expected to survive. school police officer and the school principal and assistant principal were able to disarm the suspect before the police arrived. investors don't know what led into the stabbing. but they're looking into reports of a phone call between the suspect and another student.
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president obama in fort hood to speak at the memorial service for three soldiers shot and killed by a fellow soldier at the texas post. the president talked about a need to address the issue that may have played a role in this attack. >> today four american soldiers are gone. four army families are devastated. as commander in chief i'm determined that we will continue to step up our efforts to reach our troops and veterans who are hurting, to deliver to them the care that they need, and to make sure that we never stigmatize those who have the courage to seek help. >> mike viqueira is live for us in washington, and mike, from top to bottom this was a very moving ceremony. >> reporter: oh, you're absolutely right, tony. at fort hood it was full honors for the fallen. it was top civilian including the president of the united
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states, secretary of the army, top civilian leaders and top military brass there. not only to comfort the families of those who have lost their lives, but also the wounded and the entire community in fort hood. of course, this was the site of the killing of 13 individuals just five years ago in an eerily similar incident. the president named the following, he cited their heroic actions. here's a little bit more of what the president had to say. >> we must honor these men by recognizing that they were members of a generation that is born the burden of our security in more than a decade of war. now our troops are coming home. by the end of this year our war in afghanistan will finally be over. in an era when fewer americans
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know someone in uniform every american must see these men and these women, our 9/11 generation the extraordinary citizens that they are. >> reporter: for president obama it was a bitter symmetry tony upon taking office some four that was years ago the first of the memorials that they had to attend to speak at over the court of his presidency after tragedies such as these was at fort hood texas when 13 soldiers lost their lives. when noting that in his remarks today, he said part of that being so painful is that we've been here before. >> mike viqueira, thank you. >> one day after equal payday senate republicans derailed a democratic bill that aimed at paycheck discrimination against women. this is the third time that the bill failed to advance in the senate.
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i got to tell you in today's power politics if democrats keep control of the u.s. senate, they may only a huge debt to senator elizabeth warren. the massachusetts democrat has become a fundraising tour de force and she's getting a lot of attention looking ahead to 2016. >> reporter: tony, elizabeth warren has been traveling the country every week and has raised more money for this election cycle than any other member in congress. on the left continuously are getting louder for her to take hurry star power beyond the mid terms. she is the potential 2016 presidential democratic candidate that hillary clinton fears the most, massachusetts senator elizabeth warren. >> i'm fighting for real opportunity. fighting to give every child a chance to build something
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extraordinary, and i want to you fight along beside me. we are in this together. [applause] >> reporter: this pass weekend in that same speech in minnesota warren hammered two republican parties' biggest stars. she accused paul ryan of caring only about the rich. >> that may be paul ryan's vision of how america works, but that's not our vision of this great country. [applause] >> reporter: and she ridiculed republican senator ted cruz who led last year's government shutdown. >> the shutdown that sucked $24 billion out of the economy. talk about a financial genius. >> reporter: born and raised in oklahoma, the 64-year-old warren has spent most of her life working as a law professor most recently at harvard. in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis she was named i chair of the oversight program for tarp. in 2012 warren ran for u.s.
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senate. one grainy video of her speaking inside of a home got more than a million views on youtube. >> there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. nobody. you built a factory out there. good for you. but i want to be clear, you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. >> reporter: warren then received $40 million in campaign contributions and handily defeated republican scott brown. over the last three months in her only second year in the senate record shows that warren has raised over $2 million for democratic candidates up for re-election this year. that's more than anybody except for president obama. warren's exceptionally liberal policy views have set her apart. she believes the minimum wage should be raised to $22 an hour and she has introduced legislation that would make student loans interest free.
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watching nervously is hillary clinton's team. to the political right of warren on most issues and primary voters tend to be far more liberal than democrats as a whole. >> reporter: liz warren said she has no plans to run for president in 2016. instead she's helping democrats keep control of the u.s. senate. still she's generating a lot of enthusiasm and political ious, crucial ingredients for any lawmaker aspiring to higher office for the white house. >> she's a star. definitely, david, appreciate it. for the first time ever the public can see how much doctors charge medicare for their services. president jimmy carter was the first to try to get information released, but that was blocked by legal challenges. last year the federal judge ordered that the data be made public. what it shows is 880,000 medicare dollars could change
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how the industry operates. jonathan betz joins us with more. >> reporter: this has been a secret for a long time. this information has not been available since the late 1970s. medicare spends nearly $600 billion a year total, but we're talking about the 10% that goes to doctors and other providers. the rest goes to hospitals, medicine, things like that. now as of $64 billion paid to nearly 900,000 doctors just in the year 2012. what this has revealed is a small fraction of doctors is getting a big share of the pay out. top 2% of doctors collected nearly a quarter of all payments. that's 17,000 physicians getting $15 billion. from the government. now the one doctor who got the most more than any other, this man, a florida opposit opposite.
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he billed for an eye treatment billed 37,000 times. this doctor has been under investigation in the past, but his lawyer insists he plays by the rules, and he blames the high cost of the drugs. here is another doctor, the country's highest paid oncologist. he collected $10 million i in 2012. he is from michigan. now he has since been charged with fraud and is now in jail awaiting trial. he pled not guilty. some caution, this data may be misleading but for the first time people can see what doctors do and how much they get from medicare to do it. >> and we can do what we do, which is to dive into those numbers and figure out what is going on. >> reporter: when you dive in, there are thousands american doctors who get more than a million dollars a year from medicare, thousands. >> jonathan, appreciate it. coming up on www.aljazeera.coal,
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a lot of website have a major flaw, and it could be making your information available to hackers, under cre, and crews sr that missing malaysian plane say they're getting closer to its black box.
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>> the head of the search effort for malaysian flight 370 say crews may be closing in on the plane's final resting place this after more signals were detected from deep in the indian ocean. they're consistent with pings emitted from the plane's flight recorders. crews hope to find the device before it's battery runs down. a flaw that effects secure networks used when typing in things like your credit card information and passwords. online companies are racing to put a fix in place before the flaw causes some serious damage. science and technology correspondent jacob ward joins
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us with more. tell us more, what is it called here? heart bleed? >> that's right, heart bleed, tony. this is something that has network specialists, network security specialists across the country freaking out. and if they freak out, we should be freaking out. i'll show you what i've got on my screen here. basically if i type in a typical address, like twitter, and hit return, it then takes me to https. the "s" right here is the crucial thing. behind the "s" is encryption that is transmitted back and forth. let's say you send an e-mail out or log into your bank account. if you type in your url and it comes back with https, that means that you're protected. it's all supposed to be thi behd
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this type of encryption. there is a flaw, a programming error, a mistake that somebody made that allows them to essentially get this there and get those user names and passwords, ask for more information than they're really allowed to have, and they can basically stumble on to your user names, passwords. if they have the encryption key they've got the whole game. >> now wait a minute. now that we know that this can happen, what is there for us to do at this point? >> reporter: well, that's the frustrating thing about this. it's not something that you and i can do. it's something that the big companies of the world, the yahoos and twitters and facebook have to deal with on their side. they then have to let us know okay, we've updated the system. if you were to change your pass ward right now, you would be handed it in to a compromised system any way. wait a couple of days and then change your passwords.
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especially if you have the same password and you use it in multiple places the way so many of us do, that's not a good idea, and anyone who has that, you should definitely in the next couple of days be changing all of your passwords and wait for notice of your bank, google, the rest of them and say that the coast is clear. >> that's in a couple of days to do all these things, to do the best you can to safeguard yourself. jake, i want to you take a moment and tell us something that is pretty special that you have for us tomorrow. on the san francisco bay bridge. >> that's right. tony, i have the opportunity to go up on the bay bridge yesterday and have a look at the demolition of it. it's pretty spectacular. crews are basically cutting the bridge in half. this bridge that once held 280,000 cars a day is slowly being disassembled. in earthquake prone area, it would impose a far greater
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danger than it did when standing. it could fall into the new bridge. so i'm talking about the race that engineers are in right now to get us--to get this thing down as fast as possible. so i'll take you there tomorrow. >> jake, appreciate it. thank you. detroit's retired public employees should be getting help from a deal worked out by the bankrupt city. an agreement allows detroit to pay $0.74 on the dollar to pay back $400 million in bonds. the remainder of the claim will be used to set up a fund to keep retirees from falling into poverty. a bankruptcy judge still has to approve this tentative deal. the country's two biggest cable countries trying to convince a senate panel that they should approve the merger. ali velshi tells what's
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happened. >> reporter: tony, executives of comcast and time warner cable are drilled over that proposed mega merger. a supersized comcast won't drive up prices or wield too much power. the deal would give comcast a whopping 30% share of the pay per tv market. according to the rules they can't go higher than that, and give them 40% of the internet broadband market. but first it has to get approval from the fcc. today's hearing at the senate judiciary committee is the first step. at stake is what is good for big business good for consumers, but by comcast's own commission, customers pay 10% more, and in
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fairness they're getting more service, faster internet and more tv channels but many fear it would raise subscription prices more. new online video services and devices are getting into the game. that could help. netflix, amazon, roku, many are cutting the pro verballal cable and streaming services. we'll have to see, a, if that happens, and b, if it costs us all more. >> ali, thank you. ali spoke to the president of the world bank dr. jim yong kim tells him that the cold economies will continue to grow but only if the interest rates don't suddenly take off, and the only way to depend on that is the way it backs off it's stimulus program. >> the growth in the first world economy is going to offset the
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rising interest rates in a reasonable way. what we're all hoping for is not some sort of spike, if there is, we could be in trouble. >> you can watch more of that interview tonight at 7:00 poole eastern. that's 4:00 pacific. more on the interrogation sites. it shows the agency lied to congress about who was held in the prisons and what happened to them.
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>> the wedge between the c.i.a. and it's senate overseers is growing wider. al jazeera investigation found the controversial senate intelligence committee report accuses the senate of lying.
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the report that makes the claim is still classified but the committee voted to reveal parts of it to the public. investigative reporter jason leopold joins us. jason, good to have you back on the program. look, you had been doing more digging on this story. if you would take a moment here and detail this accusation that the c.i.a. lied about interrogations about the secret sites. lied to congress, lied to the white house. if you're lying to congress and the white house, you're lying to the american people. >> yes, well the report from what i'm toll basically points to one particular oversight here in closed door hearing that took place in 2005 when certain senators had credite questionedw certain interrogation techniques and whether they were used. in addition there were question whether the c.i.a. was adhering
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to international treaties, barring cruel and unusual punishments. and from the review of the 6 million pages of documents the senators came to the conclusion that they were lied to. that's just one of multiple oversites briefings that took place between 2003 and 2005 in which the committee, the democratic side because this is a democratic document here believed that they were lied to. >> so jason, let's pick up on the so-called black sites part of this story. first of all, when might we get the summary or whatever material the committee is willing to release. i understand it's being looked over by a couple of agencies at this point. will we ever know the names of all the countries that participated in creating these
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black sites interrogation locations? >> well, you know, we do know more than four or five dozen countries at this point based on work the human rights organizations have done. i don't believe the senate report will reveal the identities of these countries. to have an official acknowledgment from the senate, i don't think we're going to see that. >> are we also learning that some of these detainees were interrogated in multiple locations, in multiple sites? >> oh, yes, more than a dozen. that is part of the major revelation that will be revealed apparently from this report. we already know that there have been thailand, poland, lithuania, guantanamo, from what i told that guantanamo was it's own secret black site. that will be revealed as well. >> is there evidence that some of these so-called black sites
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are still open for business today? >> reporter: well, the ones that the c.i.a. operated, no. there is no evidence that these sites existed. in fact, in 2009 when obama was sworn into office he issued an executive order asking that these sites be shut down. the lawyers who represents these prisoners actually moved into court immediately, and asked the judge to preserve these black sites because it was evidence. >> jason, talk to us about phantom plots, what were they, and how were they used by the c.i.a. >> sure, again, these so-called plots, this is where the c.i.a. interrogators, high level officials in langley, and basically have tried to show that the interrogation methods, the torture methods used to extract so-called intelligence from these prisoners, that it was a successful program, and because it looked at what was
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received. many of these so-called plots were never fully realized. for example, there has been revelations that the first high value prisoner captured revealed plots to blow up the brooklyn bridge. plots to create havoc in the u.s. that was leaked to reporters to show how successful this program was in extracting information. however, at least according to this report those plots were never actually fully realized. they were just discussions, things that he wrote down in his diaries, that first of all to say that the techniques was a result of it was just false because he was being subjected to these techniques.
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>> let me follow with this. was the first of these high value detainees, and he was subjected to these techniques that is it true that he was subjected to some of these techniques before they were even approved by the bush administration? >> i would say at this point there is no doubt that he was subjected to a majority of the techniques if not several more that don't even appear in this legal memo that was issued i in 2002. prior to that legal memo being actually issued formerly. that sleep depravation was the first sort of technique that he was being subjected to as soon as he was able to recover from his gunshot wounds that he sustained from his capture.
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>> jason leopold. >> thank you. >> defenders of the policy say there was tremendous pressure to provide information immediately following the 911 attacks. let's bring in lindsay moran. a former clandestine officer with the c.i.a. it is great to see you. you know what i want you to do first and foremost, take me back to september 12, 2001. the entire c.i.a. was suffering from a ptsd mentality. explain that for us. >> i think we have to remember that september 11th was the biggest intelligence failure of our time. unlike some other c.i.a. failures, you know, failure to predict geopolitical events, this one resulted in catastrophic loss. it was an attack on our own soil, catastrophic loss of american lives. the c.i.a. i think was deeply
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humiliated no matter how you spun september 11th, it was intelligence failure, and ultimately the responsibility was with the c.i.a. we had that mandate to keep american people safe, to prevent this kind of attack from happening. in the immediate aftermath of september 11th i think it's safe to say that the agency as a whole really completely lost it's way. morally, ethically. >> lindsay, here's what i want to drill down here with you. in the aftermath in the c.i.a. at the time you describe it, septemberseptember 12th onward,y told to produce intelligence that fit a narrative? i know that's a pointed question, i'll let you deal with it. >> it wasn't that clearcut. let me say around 2003 when i
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had decided to resign from the agency for a number of reasons, one of those reasons for me personally was chatter i was hearing in the hallways about the so-called enhanced interrogation program. >> yes. >> i heard about someone higher up on the food chain than myself. i do know this person's name, i won't reveal it, but coming back from guantanamo bay, and gathering a group together, and openly bragging about the methods that we were using to try to extract information from these detainees. that was kind of appalling to me. none of us in the clandestine service were trained interrogators. >> that's an important point. that's an important point to make, lindsay. >> well, we were trained to gather intelligence in the
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traditional method of basically making friends. i think one reason is so important that this report ultimately be declassified is that the c.i.a. and jose rodriguez, the official who oversaw the program for quite awhile has consistently maintained that the torture program was necessary to obtain intelligence to keep americans safe. i think the report will show that to be the contrary. there is ample evidence that not only is torture i am moral immy say that it doesn't matter if it's effective because it's immoral. the well, the c.i.a. has maintained that we needed to use torture to receive information, but i think history will show us that is a complete falsehood.
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>> lindsay moran, a former clandestine officer with the c.i.a. joining us from washington, d.c. thank you. >> thanks for having me. >> at the border of mexico and the united states about 1% of potential deportees are released because they are citizens. it sounds like a small number, right? but there are nearly 400,000 deporttations a year. we have the story of several men fighting to stay on u.s. soil. >> esteban is caught in an endless cycle. he gets deported, crosses over and lands in jail. once smugglers broke has hands. another time he escaped only with the help of a stranger. >> get out of here, they're going to kill you. they're going to be looking for you. >> reporter: the u.s. government could not prove that he is not a citizen. he can't convince him that he
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is. this is his father's arizona state birth certificate. usually enough proof that father and son are citizens but not for esteban. the government avoided saying whether he is a citizen. they only said that the judge ordered him to be deported to his native mexico and cited his criminal history of drug possession and burglary. >> we drive to his mother's house, a place where he has lived all but three of his 40 years. the only place he considers home. at 83 she had little time left with her son. >> i'm really worried about esteban, that he's out there alone, whether he's eating, what he's eating, where he's sleeping, something might happen to him. >> reporter: with nearly 2 million people deported under president obama many mothers
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share her struggles. this man was deported from louisiana to mexico in 2008. emigration officers did not believe that he was a citizen despite showing records that his father was. it took three years to prove him wrong. now he's suing the u.s. government to wipe his record clean of deportation. >> i guess nervous to pass a police officer. they look at me, they see that i'm hispanic, and i might end up going through the same thing again. my records show that i'm deported. >> reporter: as a, quote, convicted alien he was a deportation priority. in 2012 they finally gave him this document which states he became a citizen in 2002 six years before he was deported. asked if they had mistakenly
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deported an u.s. citizen the government didn't respond. back in arizona esteban will be released any day only to be deported once again. despite the dangers he'll cross back as soon as he can. he says he only has got one home. al jazeera, tucson, arizona. >> a reminder al jazeera america is proud to present "border land" it airs april 13 at 9:00 eastern and 6:00 p.m. pacific. more than 400 people r redetained under the country's sainanti-terror law. many arkenyan police are makinge that none are of the arrested are somalian.
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more than 100 people were injured in the blast. the government said that the becomebombs were set off duringy time of the day. the area has a large population of alawite, a group closely tied to president bashar al-assad. searching for people after a river burst its banks, 23 people were killed, and 60,000 people displaced when floodwaters swept away homes. andrew thomas met one man who lost everything. >> reporter: what was once a school is now a squalor camp for 2,000 people. at night there are 14 in each classroom so some try to sleep during the day. most here lost their homes. some have lost family members in. hudson's youngest son was washed away. hudson found him in the morgue two days after the flood.
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when i saw my son, i don't know what to say. it's someone in my family that i miss. i lost everything. i lost my house. i lost all of my belongings, and even my son. >> there were more tears on hudson's first trip back to where his house had once stood. he had been working in a shop nearly a kilometer away when he had a frantic call from his wife. she was marooned in the middle of the torrent. he managed to get to that side of the river but this was already underwater. virtually all the house has gone. his youngest son was clinging to that. in the tree was his wife, and
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other children. his wife and eight-year-old son made it, but his five-year-old son didn't. >> this place is not really good here. but only this flood takes everything that we own. and then changes our lives. >> reporter: the river has flooded before but this was more like a tsunami ripping up entire trees and flattening everything in its path. at the cemetery they are digging graves. hudson buried his son rex on saturday. andrew thomas, al jazeera. >> boy, a dozen children injured in a crash in florida. maria has that story and other headlines from across america today. >> reporter: in orlando, florida, a car crashed into a daycare center injuring 15 people, at least 12 of them
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children. several are reported to be in very, very serious condition according to the highway patrol. the crash happened when a dodge durango slammed into the rear of another car and sent that car to the front of the building. the dodge durango fled the scene. they're still looking for the driver. in north carolina the fatal shooting of a marine was likely, quote a negligent discharge. a pentagon spokesman said that it will take several weeks to confirm that it was an accident. the marine who fired the shot at camp lejeune is in custody. this follows the rampage of a soldier in fort hood who killed three others. derek gordon said he's gay. he's the first openly guy player in division one men's basketball. gordon said he was inspired by nba athlete jason collins and
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football player michael sams. and gordon wrote, he has never felt happier in his 22 years, and he wrote, no more hiding. >> no more hiding. maria, you're back in a couple of minutes. >> reporter: yes, i am. >> coming up on al jazeera america, a campaign to prevent a lesbian from dealing w being deo uganda where strict anti-gay laws are in effect.
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>> this takes guts... >> a sad update to a story we recently reported about a little princess who became an internet sensation. lacy hallsworth. she died today from advance cancer of the nerve cells. she became an overnight sensation after her instagram
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picture went viral. she became the unofficial mascot, and developed a strong bond with the star player of that team, adrian payne. so strong that they referred to each other as brother and sister. a lesbian asylum seeker in england is on a plane back to uganda just a couple of hours ago. supporters were trying to top is that deportation because uganda passed laws of against homosexuality. the woman said her life will be at risk if she returns. marie is back with more on that story. >> reporter: yes, tony, supporters tried to stop her flight from taking off. ann is from you danga but has been in the immigration center for the past four months. her supporters launched a
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campaign to try to stop that. they put a petition put up. they also had a facebook page up. and some of her supporters even went to the airport to stop that flight. i had been in contact with one. she writes, we're here at heathrow to save ann. just been told you're trying to make trouble, hop it. passengers on the flight are screaming murder. please ken ar show solidarity. finally updating saying ann as plane is taking off. she said thank you to everyone who fought to save her. hashtag save ann. she's on her way. >> we'll follow what happens. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> since the 19 30's nearly 3,000 miles of louisiana's coast line disappeared, swallowed up
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by the gulf of mexico. the loss is so significant that maps are redrawn to reflect the new coast line. kimberly halkett has our story. >> reporter: for more than two decades ross has been fishing what is known as the louisiana bayou. as oh, boas a boy remembers sear crab, shrimp and fish, a way of life he's not sure will last. >> within five years i've seen places i used to fish completely gone. it's crazy. >> reporter: the city of new orleans along with the rest of the region is built on a delta created over centuries by sentiment deposits from the mouth of the mississippi river into the gulf. but it's vulnerable to hurricanes which has more than once devastated the area. in the 19 30's engineers built a system of levies triggering the
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demise of the state's wetlands. ten years ago all of this water behind me was once marsh land. but now it's gone. and in its place the bamboo poles mark where the wetlands used to be. from the air you can see the erosion made worse by the state's oil and gas industry. the marsh lands have been carved into straight edge canals. this allowed seawater to flood the delta's fragile estuaries. from the air they document the damage. >> the erosion brings in saltwater intrusion. it's like poison for that marsh. >> reporter: permit agreements are supposed to require oil and gas companies to restore the wetlands once work is complete. but it's legislation poorly enforced in the poverty stricken state industry jobs are the
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priority. roughly 90% of louisiana coast line has been eroaded. plans now in place to stop the land loss, but it's expected to cost more than $50 billion the state doesn't have, and the u.s. congress has yet to finance. >> i just mainly want to see it come back that way when i have kids. they can enjoy what i'm enjoying. >> reporter: but that's uncertain without urgent preservation what took nature thousands of years to create now faces extinction in a single lifetime. kimberly halkett, al jazeera, on the louisiana bayou. >> in an update on the day's top stories is next, and then real money with ali velshi straight ahead on the hour here on al jazeera america.
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you. >> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. ukraine says it will remove demonstrators by force if necessary. the demonstrators seize government buildings in three
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eastern cities. today police forced protesters in harkiev forced protest us out of buildings there. israeli employment benjamin netanyahu ordered his negotiates not to meet with their palestinian counterparts. >> president obama honoring the three soldiers killed. the president and first lady joined 2,000 family and friends at memorial. >> they hope to find the plane devices before batteries run
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out. a security flaw could put your sensitive information at risk. the flaw is when you type in information such as credit card information and passwords. "real money with ali velshi" is next on al jazeera america. >> if two huge table giant combine, where does that leave you, the little guy? comcast is defending it's take over of time warner cable. and a world without extreme poverty in 2003. i'm talking to the man who trying to make it ham jim yong kidatabase making it happen, i'm talking with jim yong kim. i'm ali


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